Blink and you may have missed it. I did. In the time it took to scan from one channel to the other, by the time I landed back on the Blue Jays game, all I caught was the huddle at home plate.
I thought “something must’ve happened in a hurry” – and it did. The Blue Jays saved all their offense for the very end by walking off the Oakland Athletics 3-2 in very dramatic fashion.
The calling card for the 2017 Toronto Blue Jays has been the long ball, but the speed at which they won this game was the most impressive feat. I timed it from the instant Justin Smoak’s home run ball landed in the seats to the time Kendrys Morales’ home run ball cleared the fence.
The time? 56 seconds. Well, slightly less than 56 seconds, but you get the idea.
Just to recap – in less than a minute, the Blue Jays went from losing 0-2, to hitting back-to-back home runs and beating the A’s by a score of 3-2. All that happened in the span of 56 seconds.
9:59pm EST – Justin Smoak homers off Santiago Casilla
10:00pm EST – Kendrys Morales homers off Santiago Casilla
Before Justin Smoak had even taken his seat in the dugout after hitting his game-tying home run, Kendrys Morales clubbed the go-ahead home run off Santiago Casilla.
Nobody loved that walk-off more than Donaldson. pic.twitter.com/88224Lupeu
— Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) July 27, 2017
I realize teams hit walk-off home runs all the time, often when the team is trailing in the home half. But as mentioned, not often will you see a team score all their runs in the final minute of the game, in the form of consecutive home runs.
Despite where the Blue Jays sit in the standings, this game was just a small reminder that there’s still joy in watching an everyday baseball game. Something crazy could always happen … and it happened once again for the Toronto Blue Jays.